An overflow crowd filled the parking lot of Chiles Peach Orchard and spilled out onto the road on a hot August day to support the many worthwhile local projects of the Crozet Lions Club. This year’s event, on August 3 and 4, was the 35th time the Lions and the Chiles family collaborated on the popular fundraiser, with balloon animals, cloggers and other entertainment adding to the festivities. All of the proceeds from the immensely successful event will go to the scholarships, emergency services and hearing and sight-related projects sponsored by the local Lions.
Attending the event this year was Ruth Chiles, who was the originator of the unique fundraiser. She also directed the wildly popular Lions Club variety show for 50 years, a boisterous review that was a perfect vehicle for her sense of theater and humor, said Karl Pomeroy, who volunteers to provide logistical support for the Chiles fundraiser each year. Huge crowds came and went during the two fundraising days. It’s not hard to understand the success of the joint effort, said Pomeroy: “Eating ice cream is a happy event, and we certainly need as many of those as we can manage.”